Jessica Harper is the epitome of perfection. She’s a good daughter, makes excellent grades, and always strays on the safe side of life. The last thing she thought would ever happen was falling in love with her best friend’s brother. But sometimes fate just has a way of bringing two people together.

Wide receiver for the University of Arizona, Gabe Garcia, seems to have it all. When his feelings for Jessica come to surface, Gabe will give up everything to be with her.

But what happens when a tragedy abruptly changes the course of your life? For Jessica and Gabe, everything they thought they knew about each other will be questioned. Sometimes, there are scars in life that are cut too deep to completely heal.

Will their love prove to be unbreakable, or will it shatter and prove fate is just another lie?

*This book contains mature subject matter and is not intended for those under 17 years of age.*

My Interview with Jess

I’m visiting the small community of Santa Ruiz, California today to sit down with Jess. I’m very excited to speak with her today. As I pull up to her home I see her sitting in the porch swing. It’s just as I imagined it in my mind when reading about her a Gabe’s story.

I get out of the car and head toward her and extend my hand.

Jenn: Hello Jess, It’s a pleasure to meet you.

Jess: Hi Jenn! It’s nice to meet you as well.

Jenn: Your home is beautiful it’s just as I imagined it in my mind.

Jess: Thank you. Gabe is pretty much amazing. It still takes my breath away every time I pull up to this house, or walk through the front door. And it kind of breaks my heart that he did this all for me, not knowing if I’d ever get to see it.

We sit on the porch swing enjoying the beautiful weather. As we chat a bit.

Jenn: You ready for some questions?

Jess: Absolutely, what do you have for me?  
Jenn: After reading about your story, it’s clear you have been through so much in your life. How do you think it’s changed you the most?

Jess: I finally feel…secure, loved. I struggled with feelings of being unloved, not because I was unloved, but I just didn’t know how to let myself feel love, security, contentment. It was hard for my dad to show that to me growing up, and I guess I just didn’t know how to truly accept love until I learned to let go of some negative feelings weighing me down.

Jenn: Your story was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time, and I was truly inspired by your determination even thought it was frustrating. I wonder looking back now do you have any regrets on how you handled things?

Jess: Yes. I don’t care who you are, if you say you don’t have regrets, you’d be lying to yourself. I regret leaving the way I did. I regret pushing Gabe and Ava and the rest of the Garcia’s away. They all would do anything for me, I know that now. I was just so lost, and I didn’t want to be the thing burdening them—I mean, I’m not even their real family. I was the neighbor girl across the street. Now I know, I was more to them than that. But, at the time, I felt this was what I had to do for them and for me.  

Jenn: Let’s talk about Gabe. When did you first notice that you had feelings for him?

Jess: I was probably fourteen years old. I think that’s when I finally started noticing him in a way other than the ‘brotherly Gabe’. I remember sitting on the bleachers at the high school and watching him after one of his football games. It was always his smile that got me. My heart would be a little faster when we’d talk, I’d get nervous when he was around. I remember feeling very self-conscious around that time period. I was tall and lanky and just starting to grow into myself, and he was this gorgeous eighteen year old getting ready to graduate high school. Sigh….
Jenn: Did you ever get any impression before your trip to visit him at college that he reciprocated those feelings?

Jess: No, I mean I guess I don’t really know. There would be times I’d catch him glancing at me a little longer than one normally would. Or he’d make a point of sending me a special text message and things like that, but I always thought it was just because he felt sorry for me.

Jenn: When he decided that he wasn’t going back to college what was going through your head when he told you?

Jess: Mom and Dad are going to be PISSED. John and Angelica have worked so hard to build a wonderful life for Luke, Gabe and Ava. John built a construction company from nothing to a very successful company, but he never went to college. All he wanted for his three kids to go to college and get their degrees.

Jenn: Things got really crazy for a while did you worry that you might not ever be able to get back to the way things were?

Jess: Yes. Everyday. I was surviving. But then I kind of always survived. It wasn’t until I really learned to let go, move forward and live did I realize I could be happy. I remember driving back to California wondering if Gabe would even want to be with me. I wondered how I would handle that rejection, but I had to believe that he wouldn’t let me go. And thank god he didn’t.  

Jenn: After everything that you have been through do you believe that true love can conquer all things? There were times I’m sure you didn’t but now that all is said and done do you?

Jess: I do, but I’m not naïve enough to believe that it’s just love. It’s love, trust, honesty and communication.

Jenn: What is your one biggest fear?

Jess: Something happening to Olivia or Gabe. I’d die. I’m telling you right now, I couldn’t handle life without them.

Jenn: Before we finish up I have one last question I like to ask of all my interviews. Tell me one thing that we don’t know about you.

Jess: Since I stay home now with Olivia I actually write a cooking blog. It combine’s my love of both writing and cooking. I actually have quite a decent following. It makes me happy, it’s fulfilling and allows me the flexibility to spend time with Gabe and Livvy.

Jenn: Well that’s all the questions that I have for you today. I thank you so much for meeting with me and answering some questions for our readers. Your story was amazing and beautiful and I wish you all the very best in life. You sure do deserve it after all you’ve been through.

Jess: Thank you for coming to talk with me. It was so nice to meet you.

Well that’s all I have. As I drive back to the airport I reflect back on the story and I truly admire Jess’s courage. When life tried to break her down she refused to stay there. I really enjoyed sitting down with Jess today.

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Jenn’s Review of Unbreakable

To say that I loved this book would probably be a gross understatement.  I was sucked in from the moment the book started and the moment shared between Jess and Gabe when they went to visit his college.  You knew where it was headed but the story in between is something I never would have predicted.

Losing her mother at a very young age all Jess really had was an absentee father who was checked out of life the moment that his wife passed away… Luckily Jess had the help of her neighbors the Garcia’s.  She spent most of her childhood growing up in the house across the street while her father worked long hours at the firehouse.  The Garcia’s were such a great family!  I loved the dynamic between them and their eagerness to take care of Jess like one of their own.  Her best friend Ava and she were extremely close and it was more than obvious that they were like soul sisters… Jess became enamored with Gabe Garcia but always had reservations about him because they lived together like brother and sister even thought they really had no relation to one another.  On a trip to visit Gabe at his school it became pretty clear to Jess that Gabe had the same feelings.  She would soon find out just how much he reciprocated those feelings for her…

As their story unfolds you find out just how vulnerable Jess is.  Even though the Garcia’s were wonderful to her she cannot help the fact that her father’s actions have molded her psyche a bit.  She doesn’t quite feel worthy at times and wonders why her father can’t love her.  This made me so sad, I totally understood that he lost his wife, but she lost her mother and they were all each other had.  he’s   But despite the fact that her father pretty much abandons her on a regular basis she knows how to give love.  And she loves Gabe.  Their sparks from the beginning were beautiful and natural.  I was happy to see her reservation about having a relationship with him because of their family connection.  They were being conscious of everyone around them and not just running off into the sunset like love struck teenagers.

Gabe Garcia is like every woman’s dream come true.  He is willing to sacrifice everything to be with the woman he loves at any cost including his career in football.  When he decides to go home to become a fireman everything changes for Gabe.  Gabe’s character just makes me swoon!  He was so sweet and loving, kind and caring and has that stop at nothing to get what he wants attitude.  He’s also patient and sensitive.  Yeah he’s pretty much a god among men.  Wow I was smitten with him from the moment in his dorm room at college to the last word of the book.  Gabe loves Jess unconditionally and will never stop and he proves that repeatedly throughout the book.  When the two of them suffer a devastating incident and she pushes everyone in her life away, he doesn’t run away with his tail between his legs and he never stops wanting and needing Jess more then the air he breaths.  They share that love that transcends time and space.

When the twist in the book came I must say that I was totally surprised.  Honestly when I read the synopsis I had something completely different in my head of what would devastate the couple along their journey.  But I was really shocked when it did transpire cause it was not expected at all and for that I give a standing ovation because most of the time I find lately that the synopsis gives away too much of the plot, so much so that I have stopped reading them most of the time. 

I couldn’t say more about this book without giving too much away but this is a 5 Star MUST READ!  One of the better books that I have personally read this year so far…  For a first time author Rebecca did an amazing job weaving a story filled with love, passion and heartache.  I couldn’t recommend to change anything in this book from beginning to end I thought that the story was just as perfect as Gabe Garcia… hehehe… yeah I’m kinda smitten with him! 

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About the Author:

Rebecca Shea lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family and her first “kid” her beagle, Miles. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for reading and books. Rebecca spends her days working full-time in the financial industry as a marketing manager. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her boys football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margarita’s, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever after’s.


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Hunter finally has MacKenzie Cahill, the girl of his dreams. A horrible accident finds those dreams threatened. As their lives change, secrets begin to surface. These revelations could prove to be either the downfall of Hunter and MacKenzie or the catalyst that strengthens their bond.

Hunter has painful choices to make. Will he realize what he has before it’s gone? He knows what he must do to save his future, but will he be leaving everyone else in his past?

Will the bond between the two families be strong enough to keep them together?

Excerpt from Easy to Love You

I looked back down at my pride and joy. He was so little but so chubby. I pulled his cap off and chuckled to myself, “Looks like I won the bet, little man.” He had a head full of dark curly hair, almost exactly like his little cousin Alex. I laid him down on my legs and gently put his cap back on. I opened his blanket and his little fist came springing out, so much like his mom already, so much fight in him. I took my pinky to his little fist and he opened it and latched on. I cuddled in close to him; I was going to remember this moment for the rest of my life. A few tears dripped down and landed where my finger and his hand connected, I looked at his face and he cracked a little half smile. I knew he didn’t understand what was going on around him but at that moment my whole world changed. I did not care what anyone thought or was going to say about us having a baby together so soon, or that she was too young. All that I cared about was this little man and my soon to be wife. 

Jenn’s Review of Easy to Love You

I think a more apt title for this book is Easy to love Hunter.  I have to say after the first book I was pretty smitten with Hunter and well after the 2nd let’s just say head over heels didn’t quite cut it. 

So when we left off in book one with a pretty BIG cliffy, MacKenzie better knows as CC to her family and friends, was apparently loosing her life.  After a horrific car accident she is fighting for her life.  Not only was she fighting for her life but for the life of her unborn child.  I wasn’t sure what would happen in this book but I couldn’t wait to devour it.  I stayed up pretty much most of the night to finish it and it was worth every bit of lost sleep.

As much as this story continued to be about Hunter and CC, we still had all the familiar characters present and pretty prominent in this book.  One thing that I love about these books is that as a family they are close and it shows how much they love and support each other.

So when CC wakes up she is disoriented and doesn’t remember much, but it does all come rushing back to her and she hides something from Hunter about the accident and what she remembers.  I really felt bad for her she was having a bit of a struggle adjusting and their was this crazy pesky nurse that seemed to be in the way and making her crazy at times.  Yeah that’s a twisted little secret part of the story.  I won’t give you details but when you find out who this woman really is you might want to choke soemone…. 

As the story moves along we find out a lot more about Hunter’s past and a person that reappears and is not welcome, brings new stress to their already stressful situation.  Hunter as always will go to any length to protect his family and that doesn’t just me CC and his child, his mom and sister as well. Have I mentioned how much I love Hunter.  He is strong, supportive and so understanding of CC when she comes home from the hospital.  And they both adjust really well to parenthood, which for a young couple isn’t easy to do but with the love of their friends and family they are able to overcome just about any situation.  Including the accident that almost stole CC and their child away. My heart broke for Hunter a lot during this book.  He was truly stressed and made some not so great decisions, but he truly was doing what he thought was best.  Though it wasn’t perceived that way at all.

There were some unbelievable twists in this story that I never saw coming.  I remember messaging Megan in between readings and doing a SAY WHAT?  Did that really just happen!  Yeah there are quiet a few of those moments that will leave you questioning things… Don’t worry you’ll get all the answers by the end of the book… There were some heartbreaking moments that made me ugly cry and made my heart hurt.  I wanted nothing more then to see these two live happily ever after, with all that they already had gone through it was hard to read the trials that they would still face… 

I love how believable the story is and that I can really see most of it happening in life.  I have the line from a song in my head from Aerosmith.  “Life’s a Journey, not a destination.” and that couldn’t be more fitting for Hunter and MacKenzie.  Their story isn’t about the destination at all it’s about the Journey and all the mistakes you make along the way help you become a stronger person and make you grow and realized what you have sometimes is worth all the pain it took to get there.  

You will not be disappointed in this sequel.  Megan did a fantastic job weaving the story and intricate plot line.  There were a lot of things to work through in this book. At the end I felt like CC and Hunter could finally put the past where it belonged and move toward a future hopefully filled with a lot less drama… But… After reading the last few paragraphs, that’s doubtful… This should be one crazy wedding with her brother now on her hit list… I can’t wait to see where this family leads us next!  I give Megan 5 Stars for this fantastic sequel.  I couldn’t have asked for more of out this book… Well maybe I could have but because some books you just never want to see end… I think you will truly Enjoy this book and the series if you haven’t read them yet!



About the Author:

When Megan Smith is not writing she is a wife to her high school sweetheart and a mom to her son. She lives in the New Jersey. At the end of the day when she is done work and being a mom you can find her curled up with a good book or writing on her current story.


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**Contains mild language, adult situations, and sexual content. Mature audiences only.**

How does someone give their heart away when they don’t have all of the pieces?

Not that Makenna really wants a second chance at love anyway. She is stuck in her tragic past, secretly living every day for her deceased fiancé, while her new boyfriend, Drew, is gently nudging her into the present.

Desperate to appear normal again, she slaps on a happy face and goes through the motions of a normal, healthy relationship—but with the exception of even a single kiss. And she’s okay with pretending, but Drew needs more than she’s willing to give.

Surprisingly, it’s an innocent letter from a soldier halfway around the world that has her seeing life differently. Sawyer is at his breaking point, and his depression sucks him in deeper every day. Makenna becomes his only lifeline to home, and he’s hanging on by a very weak thread.

By helping him, Makenna learns to let go of grief before she’s left with only a ghost of the woman she once was, finally freeing her from guilt and showing her that it is possible to love again. But when she discovers that both of the men in her life are hiding something, she makes two shocking revelations.
One of them is insanely in love with her, and one of them destroyed her happy ever after.

Even though a fairytale ending does await her, is she willing to face her own demons to fight for it?


 Excerpt from Every Breath

Drew finally returns with two steaming plates filled with juicy pot roast, herbed potatoes, and roasted broccoli. “Hope you’re hungry. I got a little carried away with the portion sizes.”

“I am, actually.”

Halfway through our meal, my cell phone chirps at me, indicating a text message. I don’t even have to look at it to know who it is. “Sorry, Drew. Let me see what Callie is wanting.”
“No problem at all. Tell her I say ‘hello.’”
Callie:  ‘Mak! How’s it going? Has Coach Hot Stuff kissed u yet?’
Me: ‘Jeez, Cal, no. He says hi.’
Callie: ‘Back at him. Just tell me one thing. Do u want him to?’
Me: ‘I’ll call you later.’
Callie: ‘OMG! U do! U better freaking call me later. <3 u!‘
I shove my phone back into my purse, and I can feel the heat of the redness rising in my cheeks. Do I want to kiss him? “She says ‘back at you.’”
He narrows his eyes and smirks. “What else did she say?”
“Just checking up on me.”
He pulls his own cell phone from his lap to show me the screen. “Was it anything like the messages she sent me?”
Callie Baxter: ‘Please tell me u kissed her already.’
Drew: ‘Not YET. Probably not tonight. Don’t want to freak her out.’
Callie Baxter: ‘Why r u so damn noble? Just DO IT!’
Drew: ‘Maybe.’
I slap my hands over my face. “Yes, very similar.” She’s now on my hit list for the second time today.



Jenn’s Review of Every Breath 

Oh the tangled webs we weave… In this second book from Tasha Ivey I was really impressed in the growth of her writing and story telling.  This story is heartwarming, heartbreaking and inspiring all at the same time. 

We follow the story of Makenna who has suffered a great loss and hasn’t been able to put back the pieces of her life since that fateful day she lost the person that she was planning to spend the rest of her life with.  Her loss propels her into a state of existing but not truly living.  It’s hard to hear Makenna’s story and how sad she is.  She feels like she will never be able to break the cycle, and all she does is put on a front for her family and friends.  Her best friend tries everything to help her including forcing her into a relationship with Drew the high school coach with good looks and good personality.  Looks can be EXTREMELY deceiving though… 

In Makenna’s class they all participated in a project to write to a solider overseas.  The solider that they had contacted this year wrote back a letter of thanks.  This letter would change everything for Makenna.  As the story moves on Makenna and Sawyer move from friends into that grey area, she’s torn because she’s technically dating Drew but has strong feelings toward Sawyer.  She starts to feel alive again for the first time in her life but that all comes crashing to a halt when things suddenly take a dangerous twist and she finds herself in uncomfortable situation with someone she trusted.  

Sawyer has a very broken past.  I cried for the childhood that was stolen away from this man.  For the pain that he endures daily thinking himself a failure because that’s all he’s ever known himself to be.  No matter how hard he tries he can’t save everyone.  No matter how hard he tries it never seems to be enough… His tortured soul needs mending and when he first meets Makenna he can see the same need in her eyes.  He’s drawn to her in a way that he can’t explain, and he wants nothing more to fix that sadness behind her eyes. When his past collides with his future Sawyer is thrust back into believing he just isn’t worthy of happiness and the secrets that he keeps could destroy the one person he has ever felt truly happy with.

This book will take you on a roller coaster of highs and lows.  You will never see some of the twists coming at you, and when they hit it’s like a bomb exploding!  Makenna is thrust into an uncomfortable situation and finally had to deal with the past to get too the future that she so desperately wants.  You will feel her heartache in the retelling of the story of the night her fiance was ripped from her life.  The sadness she feels when she learns of Sawyer’s past and the betrayal that she feels he bestowed upon her. And the love and passion that she and Sawyer share throughout the book.  You will also feel extreme hatred, I can’t tell you why but you’ll find out!  Just read this book!  I couldn’t put it down from the time I started it… The story pulled me in and even though at times it might have been a bit too much crazy!  It was all worth it!  I give Tasha 4.5 stars for this touching read.  I can’t wait to see what’s to come in this series!  

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Mia Kelly is a twenty-five-year-old walking Gap ad who thinks she has life figured out when her father’s sudden death uproots her from slow-paced Ann Arbor to New York City’s bustling East Village. There she discovers her father’s spirit for life and the legacy he left behind with the help of an old café, a few eccentric friends, and one charming musician.

Will Ryan is good-looking, poetic, spontaneous, and on the brink of fame when he meets Mia, his new landlord, muse, and personal heartbreaker.

A story of self-discovery and friendship, Sweet Thing shines light on the power of loving and letting go.

Carrie’s Review of Sweet Thing

I loved Sweet Thing! What a fantastic story! The title alone made me want to read it! I couldn’t read fast enough to see how Will and Mia’s relationship would pan out!

We first meet Mia who loses her father and takes over his cafe. She meets Will on a plane coming home to take care of her fathers things. Will later becomes her roommate!She can be very frustrating to say the least! There were times I wanted to reach in my kindle and choke her! I didn’t like that she felt Will wasn’t good enough for her. She would always say she wanted someone that had a career and money. With that being said I didn’t hate her, and you learn throughout the book why Mia does or says some of the things she does.

Will Ryan oh my word!! He swooned me!! A musician with tats! <<<<< what is not to love? Right? Will can be very mysterious at times, and leaves you trying to figure him out through most of the book! He is caring, patient, VERY patient dealing with Mia I must say! He is a wonderful BB! He will be added to my growing list! I loved Will!

I give Sweet Thing 5 giant stars! It is a page turner for sure! It is so beautifully written. You will be swooned one minute, and frustrated the other. This book without a doubt will leave you wanting more! Thank you Renee Carlino for Sweet Thing!

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About the Author:

Renee’s first friends were the imaginary kind and even though her characters haven’t gone away, thankfully the delusions have. She admits she’s a wildly hopeless romantic and she blames 80’s movies staring Molly Ringwald for that. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on the next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.



Excerpt from Sweet Thing
I followed Jenny around a little and made sure she had everything she needed. The DJ played some hip-hop music so of course the wedding party had to have a dance off on the little makeshift grassy dance floor we’d created. After Jenny kicked everyone’s ass by pulling out all the stops and yanking her dress up to do the Michael Jackson splits, I skipped up to the cottage to grab a sweater. There were only two bedrooms in the cottage—the smaller one I was staying in and the one that Jenny’s parents would stay in that night. Jenny and Tyler were getting swept away to some secret spot his parents had paid for and most of the other guests were either going back to the city or staying in a hotel nearby.

I opened the door and noticed right away a couple was in the room. They didn’t notice me because they were partially hidden by an old-fashioned privacy screen, plus they were… occupied. I squinted my eyes but couldn’t make out exactly what I was seeing and then I heard what was sadly becoming a familiar sound: Audrey and Will having sex. I backed out of the room, begging the universe to let me remain unseen. I shut the door and turned around to walk away when I ran smack into Will’s chest.

“Have you seen Audrey?” he said. I did a double-take. I must have looked as confused as I felt. Who the heck was in there with Audrey?

It wouldn’t be long before I found out. “What, Mia?” he said seriously and then Dustin walked out of the room and stood behind me, closing the door behind him. Will glanced at Dustin and then back at me. He looked dumbfounded and ruined like he was going to cry and then he whispered, “Oh no. Really? Really, Mia? You and him?”

Dustin and I stood there frozen and then with perfectly shitty timing Audrey opened the door and walked out. It was only a matter of seconds that we stood there, but it felt like an eternity. I couldn’t find the words to tell Will that I wasn’t part of it. His voice suddenly got loud and high. “What?” he said through crazy laughter. He was laughing and it was scary and then his expression turned to bewilderment and then disgust. “The three of you? What the fuck?” He turned on his heel and headed down the hallway, waving his arms around and mumbling something I was sure none of us could understand.

I turned and looked at Audrey and Dustin. “You guys are serious assholes. You should leave.” They looked blankly at me like idiots. I ran after Will, but I was a ways behind him. Every one of the guests watched as Will grabbed a giant bottle of whiskey and headed toward the dock. “What are you doing, Will?” I yelled after him.

I noticed Audrey and Dustin hadn’t taken my advice yet, because they came rolling out behind me. When I got to the top of the dock Will had already rowed himself to the middle of the pond in the tiny wooden boat. “Come back, Will, let’s talk,” I said, pleading with him.

“I’m not. Talking. To. You. Ever!” It was lunatic Will.

He stood up in the boat, looked at me, Dustin, and Audrey and flipped us off with both hands, then yelled, “Fuck all of you!” And then he lost his balance and the boat started rocking. He fell but sat right back up and started rowing away. “Don’t look for me!” he yelled as he rowed farther into the darkness.

All the wedding guests looked on with amusement. I looked at Jenny and mouthed, “Sorry.” As I turned to head back toward the cottage, I stopped in front of Dustin and Audrey, “Come on, the screw-happy drummer? So cliché, both of you. Just leave.” They turned and headed for their cars without a word.

I went to cottage and finally got that sweater and then I exchanged my heels for some Converse, grabbed a flashlight, and headed back out. The pond was only about the size of a football field and there was an easy-to-navigate footpath around the entire thing. I walked around to the other side where I found Will sitting in the boat on the shore, taking continuous swigs of whiskey.

“Will?” I said in a low voice.

“Don’t fucking come near me, Mia. I swear to God I will row myself into the middle of that Goddamn pond and stay there till next year.”

I stood still and spoke calmly. “I walked into the room and thought you and Audrey were having sex. I couldn’t see who it was behind the screen. I tried to sneak back out and that’s when I ran into you. I was confused.”

“Go away, Mia.”

I knew Will believed me because he knew me, but he was hurting and I wished I could comfort him. I looked back at the wedding where I could see the party winding down and people leaving. Seeing the lights from a place so dark was enchanting, but it made me sad that two people who were supposed to care about him had ruined such a beautiful place for Will. I went back to the wedding where everyone was cleaning up. I worried about Will, but he was surprisingly responsible for someone who could act so erratically. I knew he wouldn’t do anything stupid.

We sent Jenny and Tyler off in a fancy old car and then it was just Jenny’s parents and me. I said goodnight to them and showered and then crawled into bed wearing my underwear and Clash T-shirt. I was asleep within minutes.

Lying on my side, I started awake and glanced at the clock. It was five thirty a.m. and I had my typical reaction. Whenever I drink or stay up late, it never fails, I always wake up way too early and then I get anxiety over the fact that I didn’t get enough sleep, which prevents be from going back to sleep. It’s a vicious cycle and it’s annoying as hell. My mind also wandered to Will; it was getting light out, so it was that coldest time in the morning before the sun is up. I turned over and gasped when I found him next to me, fully clothed in his suit and shoes, lying on top of the quilt and sound asleep. He smelled like a whiskey distillery but looked like a pallid child. My heart ached for him. I crawled out of bed, careful not to make any noise. I untied his laces and gently pulled his shoes and socks off. He moaned and mumbled something in his sleep. I lifted his loosened tie over his head and then I reached for his belt. The moment I touched it, he grabbed my wrist and held it. He looked at me through squinted eyes. “I got it,” he murmured. “Come back to bed.”

He stood up and stripped down to his boxers and then slid back into bed, curling behind me and pulling me tightly into his chest. He slid his hand under my shirt and clutched my side. His long fingers easily wrapped around me and came to rest centimeters below my breast. When he hitched his long leg over me, I was completely
cocooned by him and it felt like heaven.

“Are you okay?” I said quietly.

“I am now.” There was a long pause and then I felt him kiss my hair before whispering, “It hurt more when I thought it was you.” I smiled, perfectly tranquil, and then within minutes we were both asleep again.

When I woke up I was lying on my back, Will was on his side curled up next to me, his body dovetailed with mine and his head resting on my stomach. I was mindlessly running my hands through his hair when I realized how incredibly intimate our positions
were. He stirred sleepily and then his hands moved to my hips where he twisted his fingers in the waistband of my underwear. When I felt him hard against me, I jerked away, sat up, and threw my legs over the side of the bed. He rolled over away from me
and mumbled, “Sorry, baby.” His voice was strained and raspy. 

Leaning in, I kissed his shoulder and whispered, “Get some sleep.”

Don’t complicate things! I chanted that line over and over in my head as I gaped at Will’s arms and hands and imagined them everywhere, all over me.


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Title: Save Me From Me

Author: Erika Ashby

Release Date: October 2013

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Dani refuses to lose another parent due to her absence from their life. After pulling herself back together following the death of her father, she moves back to her childhood town to live with her mom. She’s instantly pulled back into the lifestyle she worked so hard to get away from ten years ago. She accepts that this is the life she has always been destined to live. Getting a job at the store down the road and hooking up with an ex fling seem to be the logical way to go…that is until Holden Reynolds shows up in town.

Now that Holden is finally back home from the Navy he plans on following in his father’s footsteps. Still trying to move on from the one woman who had his heart, he busies himself in work and returning to the country boy lifestyle he’s always loved. The best way to get over someone is to be under someone, right? That’s his mindset as he travels town to town with his job perfectly content with being a rambling man…that is until he meets Danielle Brooks.



If first impressions are really everything, then my first encounter with Holden will forever be engrained into my mind. Like seriously. I will never be able to get the look of his face as that slut bag was going down on him out of my mind. The way his head dropped back against the outside wall of the bar and the moan that slowly eased its way out of his throat was the hottest damn thing ever. The thought of wishing I was the one causing it quickly passed my mind. It would have stayed a bit longer if he would have never lifted his head making eye contact with me. He wasn’t fazed at all by me checking out the show. No, instead he just griped the chicks head harder pushing her faster and deeper onto what I’m sure is a very nice cock. It’s sad and maybe a little sick that this is making me horny. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m in a desperate need to get laid. It’s been forever. So long that I can’t even remember.


I push back the head of the girl whose name apparently is Loralee. It’s not like I would have given two-shits and even asked. I could care less to be honest. I just got into town today and was just looking for a release and she was more than willing to comply. But now, ever since that hot little thing openly watched me getting my dick sucked and enjoyed the show, this chick is just feeling like a dog licking up slop.

“Enough.” I say trying to adjust my now deflating dick back into my boxers.

She huffs, “Wait, why? Is it because of what Dani said?” Dani, I let the sound of her name play in my mind. “Because what she said isn’t true. I’m gonna beat her fuckin’ ass.”

I lift my hand to shut her up, “Listen here sweetheart. This has nothing to do with her. It has to do with me not getting anything out of your mouth. I lost interest…my dick lost interest. I could lie and say that I have a case of whiskey dick, but we both know that isn’t true. Maybe you just suck at sucking tonight. It’s okay.” I pat her shoulder, “We all have our off nights.”

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Being born an “Army Brat”, Erika Ashby has been residing in Oklahoma the last 10 years finally putting an end to the nomad tendencies she had grown accustomed to. She’s a happily married woman who has 5 kids between her and her husband. She has an insane passion for music and embraces her Inner Groupie any chance she has. It wasn’t until the age of 29 that she realized she also had a hidden passion for reading;
before then she claimed to have hated it. Six months after unlocking that deep desire she never knew she held, she turned the key to another chapter of her life which has become the desire to write. And the rest is still history in the making.

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The Devil You Know
Demon Legacy Series Book One
By J.M. Gregoire
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
Publisher: J.M. Gregoire Books
Release Date: July 30, 2013


Deziree Davanzatti is a thief by trade and to keep herself occupied between jobs, she owns and operates Onyx, a trendy nightclub for the supernatural citizens of New York City.

What else would a 400-something year old demon-human hybrid do with her spare time?

Following a drunken night of questionable decisions, the vampire Michael “Vegas” Tremayne leaves town with no explanation. Dez is left wondering if they made a mistake and if it cost her a price she wasn’t willing to pay – her best friend and confidant.

When he returns after two weeks of no contact, he comes bearing grave news that could potentially change the world forever….or end it all together. To make matters worse, they suspect that someone they know may be behind it all.

An extremely dangerous chain of events has been set in motion and it is up to Dez and Vegas, with the help of his brother Lucas, to find a way to stop it. From the author of Burning, the short story prequel, comes The Devil You Know, the first full length novel in the Demon Legacy series by J.M. Gregoire.


The time seemed to pass quickly. Deziree had taken a second to pan around the room and felt the mild pangs of disappointed when she didn’t see Vegas anywhere. She took a look over the main bar and realized that some of the bottles were getting a low.

“Hey Danni,” she called to the bartender, “I’m going to take a break on the roof. When I get back, I will run out back and grab some refills.”

As she stepped out of the roof-access door onto the flat expanse of building, Deziree opened her pack of cigarettes, took one out, put it to her lips and lit it. She could feel his presence as she took her first drag. She exhaled and smiled when she heard his voice behind her.

“Those are bad for you, you know.”

When she spun around, he was standing a few paces away.

“Hey you.” As Deziree gazed at Vegas, her smile didn’t attenuate. Besides the fact that he was her best friend, she loved to look at him. He was by far the most beautiful creature she’d laid eyes on in her extraordinarily long life. He was stereotypically hot guy. Tall, dark and every bit of him was dangerous. He was six-two or three, the top of his smooth, bald head towering above her. She couldn’t imagine the number of razors he’d gone through over the centuries to keep that look. He had the perfectly chiseled appearance of a deadly hunter. Most people would have to spend hours in the gym every day for a body like that, but his undead status meant he didn’t even have to try. He would look like that forever. His eyes were the only tell-tale sign that he was a vampire. Those irises – each a pure gleaming gold with a dark-brown ring bordering the edge – were the only giveaway to the general public of what he was. She, on the other hand, could feel it. She could feel the electricity crackle in the air whenever her was around. In more than four hundred years, she had never met someone as exciting as Vegas, and she wanted him from the moment they first met. Why did we fight it?

“Can I bum one off you?” He nodded his head toward the cigarettes.

“You would make a terrible spokesperson for anti-smoking public service announcements,” she replied with a snarky tone. As she fumbled with the pack of cigarettes, he stepped closer to her. Her nerves hummed.

With a predatory smile that revealed his intentions, he closed what little remaining space there was between them. Reaching his hand around the back of her neck and tilting her head, he brought his lips down to meet hers. Her head spun with euphoria. His scent washed away every negative thought she’d had about him in the last two weeks. When the kiss finally broke, it was not her doing. Taking a deep breath, she opened her eyes to see that he had that his smile had grown wicked.

“You didn’t answer me on the phone,” he purred. “Did you miss me?”

“Well, with the harem of men I have at my disposal, I couldn’t find the time to miss someone I only had a little fling with.” She stepped back and with a smirk, she added, “I mean, I didn’t even get breakfast.”

Vegas dropped his gaze. “I honestly am sorry about that. I don’t want you to get the wrong idea. I had a fantastic time and I didn’t want to leave, but I was contracted at the last minute and it was time-sensitive.”

Deziree smiled. “I’m just fucking with you, Michael. I’m not mad. I mean, I was initially. But I figured something must have happened. A call or a text would have been nice, but shit happens, right?”

“Well,” he said, his wicked grin firmly in place and his eyebrow cocked, “let me make it up to you.”

“We’ll see about that,” she replied as her heart pounded in her chest.

“I can hear your heart racing.” Stepping forward, he leaned down and kissed her again. When he broke away again, she found herself wishing that she didn’t have to go back to work. He leaned his forehead on hers and whispered, “My place when you get out?”

“Sure,” was her quick breathy reply.

“I have a few things to take care of,” he said quietly, “and then I will meet you here around the time you guys usually lock up.”

She nodded in response, and he turned, walked to the edge of the roof and dropped off the side. After standing there for a few moments in a daze, she finished her cigarette and headed back through the roof-access door to finish her shift. 


About the Author:

J.M. Gregoire was born and raised in New Hampshire, USA and despite her abhorrence for any season that dares to drop to a temperature below seventy degrees, she still currently resides there with her two children and her two cats. Always a passionate reader, her love of urban fantasy books eventually morphed into a love of writing them. She is currently working on the Demon Legacy series and has an urban fantasy thriller project coming up that will be co-written with one of her best friends and favorite authors, Ginny Lurcock.




Alexa Schaefer has been through more pain and 
hurt in her life than your average twenty-eight year old.
 She protects her heart by controlling everything around her
 and living her life according to a strict set of rules.
For years, she has lived behind a wall, not allowing 
anyone into her heart. That is, until she meets Vincent, a man 
she can’t get out of her head no matter what she tells herself.

On the outside, Vincent Mileski appears to be a 
confident, no nonsense attorney. A prodigy in the field of law, 
he has just won the biggest case of his career. Needing out of
 the spotlight, Vincent moves back to his home state of Colorado 
to get some time alone to heal from a previous betrayal.
 He hasn’t had a woman turn his head in years, that is,
 until he meets Alexa. After only knowing her name and the
 sweet taste of her kiss, she is torn from his arms.

Will fate bring these two back together, 
or will they spend an eternity searching?

Jenn’s Review of Fatalism
I was really excited to read this new release from LK Collins.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from this first time author and I was pleased with the outcome.  For her first novel it was a good read.  

I really enjoyed Vincent’s character. He was sweet yet he was possessive and determined to win over Alexa at any cost…  When they first meet it was instant attraction and Alexa stepped slightly out of her normal character, but that brief moment ended all too soon… Alexa is a strong and independent woman yet she has a hard past.  Living with her mother who battled with mental illness wasn’t easy for Alexa and caused her a lot of self doubt.  she erected walls around her to keep anyone out that could potentially hurt her.  She didn’t do relationships or LOVE…. That was until Vincent sparked something in her that she couldn’t turn away from… There was a lot of push and pull in this relationship and you wondered at times if they would make it in the end, they were both so caught up in their heads and their pasts. 

I really enjoyed Alexa’s relationship with her roommate and best friend Cara.  They had a sisterly bond and were truly their for each other.  Alexa faced some issues in the story and she was able to lean on Cara to help her through the pain and heartache.  

My only issue with the story was that Alexa was a little too quick to pass judgement and believe what others told her, without finding out the facts first. It moved a little too quickly at times.  I would have liked to have seen the development between the characters go a little deeper.  There was a pretty big plot point that arose during a pivotal point in the story that I felt needed more attention, and a few editing mistakes as well, but that didn’t distract from the storyline… Other then that it was good and I did enjoy the read. For a first time author I was happy with the results and will be waiting to read the 2nd book. I give Fatalism 4 stars, and can’t wait to see what happens with Cara & Abel in next book. 


About the Author:

LK is, first and foremost, a wife and a mother. She has always had a mad passion for reading, and recently turned that passion into the love and talent of writing. She writes sexy and erotic adult romance. Fatalism is her debut novel, which is part of the Life. Destiny. Fate Series. The series will contain five books, all of which are their own stories and can be read in order or as stand-alones.



 Title:  Unlocked
Author: Maya Cross
Release Date: August 18th, 2013


The breathtaking conclusion to the USA Today best selling Alpha Group Series.
Who is Sebastian Lock?

The heart can lead you to dangerous places. Abandoned by the man she loves, with nothing more than sweet words and riddles for an explanation, Sophia Pearce felt like her life was crumbling before her eyes. And then they came for her. Now, things will never be the same.

Confronted with the truth about Sebastian’s identity, she’s thrust into a high stakes world beyond anything she could have imagined. A world that threatens much more than just her feelings. Sebastian’s enemies will stop at nothing to get what they want, and they want her.

The energy between them is as intense as ever, but as the danger mounts, and loyalties are tested, Sophia must answer one simple question. What is she willing to risk for love?

This book will be approximately 45,000 words, or about 160 printed pages. It contains erotic content and a dominant man who always gets what he wants in the bedroom. It is intended for readers aged 18 and over.


Teaser from Unlocked

The third or fourth time I woke, it was with a sob. Moonlight cast the room as a series of jagged silhouettes, and despite knowing that I was somewhere safe, the unfamiliarity of my surroundings sent something sharp skittering through my chest. Suddenly, it felt like everything was closing in around me. I let out another cry and burrowed deeper under the covers, feeling fresh tears welling in my eyes. I didn’t want to be this person, this person who cried at shadows, but I didn’t know how to deal with the emotions that were roaring up inside me.

I felt another bolt of fear as I heard the door open, but in a moment there was a familiar weight on the bed, and then Sebastian’s arms were circling my body from behind.

“It’s okay,” he said softly. “Let it out.”

I have no idea how he knew I was in distress, but in spite of everything that was still unresolved between us, I loved that he’d come. The sheer strength of his presence dwarfed everything else, dulling the fear. He was like an anchor, and I clung on for dear life lest I slip back below the surface again.

He didn’t say anything else, and so neither did I, but just the act of being together was enough. I lay there, listening to the sound of his breathing, enjoying the sensation of that solid chest rising and falling against my back. Gradually, my turmoil began to dissipate. I had no idea how he had such a calming effect on me. When we were together, nothing else seemed to matter.

He felt like home, and for just that night, I pretended like he still was.


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Maya Cross is a writer who enjoys making people blush. Growing up with a mother who worked in a book store, she read a lot from a very young age, and soon enough picked up a pen of her own. She’s tried her hands at a whole variety of genres including horror, science fiction, and fantasy, but funnily enough, it was the sexy stuff that stuck. She has now started this pen name as an outlet for her spicier thoughts (they were starting to overflow). She likes her heroes strong but mysterious, her encounters sizzling, and her characters true to life.

She believes in writing familiar narratives told with a twist, so most of her stories will feel comfortable, but hopefully a little unique. Whatever genre she’s writing, finding a fascinating concept is the first, and most important step.

The Alpha Group is her first attempt at erotic romance.

When she’s not writing, she’s playing tennis, trawling her home town of Sydney for new inspiration, and drinking too much coffee.

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After three years in Boston attending college, Mallory Wells has come home to Casper, Maine to care for her father, who is dying from cancer. She left Casper without looking back, leaving her small-town life and everyone in it, behind. Including her sexy high school sweetheart.
Luke Bates was devastated when Mallory left him for the city life. He managed to pull himself together and move on, even if only just barely. When Mallory shows up in town, Luke vows to stay away from her at all costs. So why does he keep checking in on her and her father, showing up when he’s clearly uninvited? Maybe Luke isn’t as ‘over her’ as he thought.

Excerpt from Broken Promises

We took the elevator to the second floor and I was surprised to see Luke in my father’s room when we entered. He looked up, his chocolate brown eyes met mine, and I all but melted into a puddle on the floor.

“Can I talk to you?” he asked politely.

I knew better than to think it was going to be a pleasant conversation. But I agreed. Rainey remained in the room, chatting up my dad while Luke and I stepped out into the hallway.

“I’m sorry,” I said immediately.

His look of shock surprised me.

“For what?” he asked.

Was he serious? I thought.

“For what happened last night. I’m still a little foggy, but Rainey filled me in.”

“You were drinking, Mal. Shit happens. Don’t sweat it.”

His easy acceptance made me feel worse, not better.

“That’s not what I wanted to talk to you about,” he said.

“Well, thank you for understanding. So what’s up?”

“I think maybe you should go back to Boston.”

He couldn’t have surprised me more if he’d told me to move to the moon.

“Before you get all upset, hear me out. Your dad is going to need intensive, non-stop care when he goes home. And he’s going home to die, Mal. It’s not like you can just leave him and go to the bar whenever you want,” he murmured.

So is that what this is all about, I asked myself.

“For your information, I’ve made arrangements to have a hospice nurse come to the house to take care of whatever I can’t do, and I was all but forced to go out last night. I don’t need you to tell me what to do with my life. I’m staying with my dad until the end.” I was proud my voice didn’t falter.

“You’re such a spoiled rotten brat, Mallory. If you cared, even once, for someone besides yourself, you would let Joe die in peace,” he barked.

I was floored. Did he really think so little of me? I wondered.

“Why don’t you run back to Boston and your little boyfriend, who you obviously miss so much?”

I demanded an answer. “What are you talking about?”

“I’m talking about Jason.”

Oh, I thought. My silence was Luke’s undoing.

“The sooner you leave, the better the whole town will be.”


Dawn Pendleton is a New Adult & Young Adult author living in Maine with her husband and pup.Aside from writing, she’s the founder of Generation New Adult, a magazine that focuses on the new adult genre!Want to meet Dawn? Check out the list of Events she will be attending!

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Title: Inky
Author: J.B. Hartnett 
 Release Date: August 3rd.  
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance


Anika “Inky” Redding is passionate about two things; her love of painting and her fiancé Evan. While working as a bartender to pay her bills, she meets Cole, a sexy divorcee. She denies their mutual attraction and tries to put him out of her mind.

When an abusive person from her childhood makes an unexpected visit, Inky’s world is turned upside down. Secrets are revealed and truths are exposed leaving Inky devastated and questioning what she thought was love. As she picks up the pieces and tries to move on, she finds her path crosses with Cole once again and this time, she cannot deny the passion between them.

Once she opens her heart again, will she be able to move forward or will her past find a way to stop her?

Expert from Inky

“It’s even more beautiful than I remember it.” I was not alone. His voice flowed over my exposed back to the nape of my neck and climbed to my ears. I felt my skin ignite with his rich smooth tone. Maybe this was the effect of the Cognac and champagne combined with the emotion of the painting. I was afraid to turn around. So many things could happen now. I could turn into a pillar of salt, unlikely. I could blush or say something inappropriate, more likely. But the most likely outcome would be that the tears that were just sitting there, holding on for dear life, would break free and expose me completely. I chose to look ahead. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to acknowledge him. I didn’t want to break the spell. His hand rested at the small of my back and he spoke gently to me, “It’s magnificent. You captured it perfectly… Anika.” 

About the Author:

Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).

She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter…the ‘writer’ part is the one that stuck.

Julie is obsessed with pi…the equation(and the food). She’s allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates mushrooms…so if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.